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February 20, 2014

Israel has controlled Gaza's waters since 1967. (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT

Israeli naval boats on Thursday opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Rafah in southern Gaza, witnesses said.

The Egyptian army has been conducting a crackdown on suspected militants in Sinai since Morsi left office in July 2013. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT

11 suspected militants have been killed in the Sinai peninsula this week as the Egyptian army continues with its extensive campaign against Islamist insurgency in the restive region.

Syrian government officials express concern over foreign fighters in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:51 GMT

Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, Syria's Speaker of Parliament, recently accused the U.S. of backing terrorist efforts in Syria.

Abdel-Rahman Diab's son was responsible for the bombing of Tripoli mosques in August 2013 that killed 47 people. (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT

A pro-Syrian official who worked with the Arab Democratic Party was killed by unidentified gunmen in Lebanon's restive northern city of Tripoli on Thursday.

U.S. policy on drone strikes is increasingly controversial. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT

An international human rights group urges the U.S. to investigate a drone strike in Yemen that killed members of a wedding procession.

The nuclear talks between Iran and the six major world powers will resume in Vienna in March. (AFP/Getty/File)
08:20 GMT

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf described the nuclear talks with Iran as “constructive and useful” following a series of negotiations in Vienna this week.

Libyans have little faith in their governmental system following four-decades of rule under Gaddafi and the violence that has plagued the country since his ouster. (AFP)
07:47 GMT

Libyans went to polling stations on Thursday to elect a constitutional committee in the latest development in the country's tumultuous political transition following the ouster of long-term ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

The UN is expected to vote on a resolution for aid to Syria on Friday. It is unclear whether Russia and China will veto the measure. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

The U.N. Security Council will likely vote on a resolution to boost humanitarian aid in Syria on Friday.

The Israeli military is apparently facing mounting criticism over its night raids on Palestinian families. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Israel's chief military prosecutor in the West Bank has said that as they are a source of mounting criticism, Israel may stop arresting Palestinians in night raids. He said that wanted Palestinians would be given summonses instead.

Iran and the world powers will sit down again in Vienna in March. (AFP)
06:49 GMT

Iran and the six major world powers have agreed on a decisive agenda for the negotiations over Tehran's nuclear capabilities, and will meet again in Austrian capital Vienna for talks in March, an official said Thursday.

February 19, 2014

Other Israeli drones have often landed in Lebanese territory, but Israel's defense forces are saying that Tuesday's crash occurred under "mysterious circumstances" (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

An Israel drone crashed in Lebanon "under mysterious circumstances," according to reports Tuesday.

Photo shows the site of a bomb explosion in Aleppo. [Press TV]
18:47 GMT

A bomb explosion has targeted a police headquarters in the Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, causing several casualties.

The Syrian Free Army chief General Selim Idriss [AFP]
18:05 GMT

The Syrian Free Army chief General Selim Idriss on Wednesday rejected his dismissal by opposition leaders and regional unit commanders pledged to keep fighting under his command.

A sick Syrian woman lies in a evacuated building on January 27, 2014 in the Kucukpazar district of Istanbul. [AFP]
17:57 GMT

The Turkish government has agreed to grant residency permits to Palestinians who have fled Syria for Turkey, the Palestinian ambassador to Turkey said in a statement.

Former Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri (L) arrived in Egypt on Tuesday to meet Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. [AFP]
17:28 GMT

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrived in Egypt on Tuesday to meet Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo.